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Biggar Little Festival  2016,  20th-30th October

We have an exploring adventuring theme this year for our literary events during BLF, with the exception of the Dastardly Dinner which will be exploring the finer points of forensic science, rather than the wider, wilder world.  Tickets will be available on-line from 20th August, and from us and the Festival Box Office from Saturday 8th October.  Dastardly Dinner tickets from Atkinson-Pryce only, on sale 1st September.


Thursday 20th October

Critically acclaimed author Mallachy Tallack visits Atkinson-Pryce Bookshop to launch his new book “The Un-Discovered Islands”. Author of the hugely successful “60 Degrees North” will be talking about his new book with the intriguing subtitle – “An archipelago of Myths and Mysteries, Phantoms and Fakes”.  Gathered in this book are over twenty islands that have decidedly human origins, whether they are the products of imagination, deception or simply human error.  This time Malachy’s prose will be accompanied by glorious full colour illustrations from Katie Scott, creating an atlas of fairytale and wonder. 

Ticket £5, see above under Biggar Little Festival heading for more information.



Monday 24th October

Endurance 100: a presentation about the centenary expedition celebrating Shackleton’s Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition. We have invited adventurer David Crichton Henry to join us to talk about his “experience of a lifetime” and its legacy.  Henry co-led the expedition which reached the South Pole successfully on 17th December 2015.  The evening will also introduce the fascinating story of Scottish naturalist and polar explorer William Speirs Bruce and his contribution to the ‘Heroic Ages’ of Antarctic exploration.  Introducing the evening in traditional Edwardian dress to set the scene, Henry will conclude by showing lovely slides and telling amazing stories of the recent expedition.

Ticket £5, see under Biggar Little Festival heading above for more information


Wednesday 26th October

Fleet and Withers at Atkinson-Pryce to celebrate publication of “Scotland: Mapping the Islands”. Come and meet the people behind the gorgeous publication “Scotland: Mapping the Nation”.  They have teamed up again to produce another lovely book: “Scotland: Mapping the Islands”. This stunning new book presents the rich and diverse story of Scottish islands from the earliest maps to the most up-to-date techniques of digital mapping in a unique and imaginative way.  Christopher Fleet is Senior Map Curator at the National Library of Scotland and Charles W J Withers is Professor of Historical Geography at the University of Edinburgh.

Ticket £5, see above under Biggar Little Festival heading for more information



Saturday 29th October

A Dastardly Dinner with Lin Anderson and Professor Lorna Dawson. 

Never mind literary lunches, Atkinson-Pryce Bookshop presents a Dastardly Dinner (at lunchtime!) with crime writer Lin Anderson, whose fictional forensic scientist Rhona Macleod will be joined by real forensic scientist Professor Lorna Dawson of the Hutton Institute for lunch and a discussion about the finer points of forensics and related matters.  12.30 pm at the Elphinstone Hotel.

Ticket £20, includes lunch and discount off Lin Anderson's latest book, "None But the Dead".  Tickets available from the bookshop only, from 1st September.  Have a look at the menu to whet your appetite.